April 18, 2021
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The Strategic Planning Team is employing the Appreciative Inquiry planning process that seeks to identify “life-giving forces” that are present in a congregation when it is functioning well and to use these aspects of the congregation at its very best to move in a desired direction. This planning process first focuses on our congregation’s deepest identity and our many gifts .We can then come to address new initiatives from a position of strength.
The Appreciative Inquiry Process works by way of a Planning Team for the purpose of leading the process and gathering information from the congregation. One of the most important functions of the Planning Team is to listen and take notes during all the small group meetings where congregation members are telling their stories, reflecting on our Church at its very best, and imagining the future of First Community. If you have not participated in this process and you would like to sign up for a group, you may email Pam Shisler to schedule a meeting, or take the Appreciative Planning Survey. The survey is available until April 21.
This Planning Team has already completed community statistical research, the collection of demographic data & economic development trends, and church trends in the US. This team will look into the history of our Church, an assessment of the current physical locations, staffing needs, governance structures and their ability to carry the congregation forward, our congregation’s readiness for change, and lastly, will move into an imagining process around the future of First Community. This work will be completed as part of four basic planning phases: Discovery, Dream, Design and Deliver.
From all these pieces, plus a lot of prayer, the Planning Team will bring to light the next guiding principles for the future of our Church. These guiding principles will likely be in the form of 3 or 4 Mission Imperatives that will guide our Church for the immediate future. At the end of our strategic planning process (likely in June), a final report of the Mission Imperatives will be given to the Governing Board for approval. The Mission Imperatives will guide the Senior Minster, Glen Miles, and the Program Staff to develop an action plan for fulfilling these goals.
Thanks to our Planning Team members:
Pam Shisler, Planning Team Chair
Catherine Adams, Paul Anderson, Terry Davis ,Tanner Gaerke, Jamie Greene, Glen Miles, Jodi Patton, Cydney Philbin, and Carrie Schwab for their commitment to this important work.
Churchwide emails will be sent on a regular basis to keep the church informed on this process.